tv Inside Washington PBS November 10, 2012 6:00pm-6:30pm EST
more information about afge and membership, visit afge.org. >> what do you think of when you see a tree? a treatment for cancer? fuel for our car? do you see hope for the environment? food, clothing, shelter? we are weyerhaeuser. >> we have picked ourselves up. we have fought our way back. and we know in our hearts that for the united states of america, the best is yet to come. >> this week, the post-election rubio. -- rubio. >> i still wish i had been able
to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction. >> and where do we go from here? >> mr. president, we stand ready to work with you. >> the republicans take a look at their game plan. >> i think republicans have done a lousy job of reaching out to people of color. >> of good election for women in congress. >> an amazing campaign. let me be clear. i did not bill that. you build that. >> also a look at ballot initiatives, including legalizing pot. >> this is the best day of my life. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> it was a long, anxious night for a lot of people in this town and across the nation, but then the networks called ohio and you
knew it was over. the president won 93% of african-americans, 71% of hispanics, more women than romney. 160% of voters 18 to 29. he won 52% of voters under 34. half the independent voters. 53% of those to make over $50,000 a year. 54% of those who make over $100,000 a year. first we will hear from the president. >> i believe we can lead this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggest. we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions. >> we will get to the campaign and mitt romney in a minute, but first listen to what john boehner said after the election. >> mr. president, this is your moment. we are ready to be led. not as democrats or republicans, but as americans.
let's rise above the this function and do the right thing for our country. >> later john boehner told diane sawyer he is the most reasonable, responsible person in washington and the president knows that. the fiscal cliff looms at the end of the year. will we reach a compromise before then, charles? >> i do not think it will be a comprehensive compromise. i think they will be able to patch something together. i think they will be able to agree on it true tax reform sometime next year. i think they will get past the cliff. if he insists on raising rates, he will be stymied. >> what is the message? >> it is a mixed message. i think we all agree the
cornerstone of the president from message is we raise taxes on those earning over $250,000. mitt romney pledged to repeal obamacare. these are the essential points of their candidacies. i think he can point to that. but at the same time, he has to deal with the republican house and john painter has to deal with the republican house. john boehner -- he is not being humbled by saying that he is the best that the president has in the republican congress. >> does the president have a mandate out of this election? >> he does not have a mandate, but he has a lot of momentum. we had 60 million people after hearing him,he got beat up day after day for four years. the people said they want you to stay in office and continue your presidency. he does have some leverage
going into his presidency. people are with him on this thing, especially the issue of raising taxes, taking away the benefits people on the high end of the scale, seeing their rates go up. but that is not why he won. in his speech, he said collectively we can do things together. that resonates with people. people want to believe that is where they can take this. they did not get that from the opposition. the 47% notion -- that is important to his presidency. >> nina, break it down for us. >> i do not think he has a mandate. i think the republicans and democrats both have a mandate for compromise. this is what you kept hearing.
when you heard from republicans for four years is epitomized by mitch mcconnell who said his job was to see that obama is never reelected. but did not happen. so, he has an edge year. he does have leverage. but it will be a long haul. he does need partners. >> mitch mcconnell is on the record as saying that he knows that the election makes some people think that the republicans are going to roll over. agreed to democrat demands that a hike taxes before the end of the year. that does not sound like compromise. >> your definition of compromise is rolling over and excepting higher tax rates. that is the democratic definition of compromise. i would never suggest bias. the president ran -- i will say it -- the most negative campaign. he did not run on his record. he could not.
he did not run on a program. there is one thing he got a mandate for, and he now has a mandate to raise the top tax rate on two percent of the population by four points? that is the smallest mandate in american history. >> can i say a vicious truth? -- what the republicans will agreed to, john boehner came out the day after the election with a peace pipe. liberals have difficulty understanding the difference between rates and revenues. you do it by eliminating the deductions on the rich. this of session -- this obsession is something republicans will resist. >> if you cannot do something big about the debt by getting rid of the bush tax cuts for the wealthy. nor can you do it by simply
getting rid of all the deductions and lowering the rates. the math does not work. you have to have pain for everybody. >> pain? >> this is a show of record. i want to make sure the record is clear on this question of negativity. let's not forget that before last summer when the democrats started running these ads on mitt romney, we had a republican primary. the talk about venture capitalism. who talked about people trying to paper over their record at bain capital? was that david axelrod? no.
>> mark? >> yes, is there a question? >> no. >> i will respond to it and say when you win, you define the victory. that is the role of american politics. ronald reagan won a lowly landslide with no mandate in 1984. was it morning in america? there was a bear in the woods. walter mondale -- and he won 49 states. that is when tax reform became the centerpiece of his administration. >> ok, let's dig into the election. >> whether i have earned your vote or not, i have listened to you, i have learned from you, and you have made me a better president. >> at a time like this, we cannot risk partisan bickering. our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the citizens work. and we citizens also have to rise to the occasion.
>> an extremely gracious concession speech by gov. romney. romney lost the state where he was governor, the state where he votes, mass., some pundits have egg all over their faces. what made the difference with this, mark? >> when you run a good campaign, give credit to the campaign. there was an enormous effort. people disparaged the ground game. it was superb. is surpassed anything we had seen before. and the president voiced that campaign. at the same time, in a year when americans were furious at pennsylvania avenue and wall street, the republicans chose an investment banker, a private equity, a cayman islands, a swiss bank accounts, by and for clothes businesses. at a time when you needed a chris christie, a guy who will
have a shot and a beer with you, and talk to people to get their rent money together, but mitt romney was not it. all of this admirable qualities and his gracious concession speech -- >> chris christie is not exactly the guy you want to raise after this election, the bear hug for obama. some people might have called that a lot dance. -- a lap dance. that is extremely disturbing. [laughter] i do not want that image in my mind. he will be quarantined for a couple of months. i agree with mark. obama ran a brilliant campaign. he ran on nothing. he did not have a record. and he succeeded. he did extremely well. and he is right. i would say mitt romney is a good and decent man and who -- would have made a good president. he was not a good campaigner. i think he was weakened by the
republican primaries, weakened by the 47%, and in the end he had really bad luck. a week before the election he was ahead in just about all the polls by a lot -- >> no. he was not. >> i think it was pre-empted in the last week. i am not sure he would have won. it would have been closer. >> i do not think he was ahead. but when we left here last week, mark and i looked at each other and we said, now we will see whether the vaunted ground game is really their. -- really there. the vaunted ground game turned out to be a mega ground game. one person i know, this obama operatives sent out an e-mail to her friends and said, don't despair. this was not good, but we registered 10,000 obama voters this big. -- this week.
that is an incredible thing. the question is, can you move the operation to another candidate? to another election, an off-year election? can you move that to the dnc? if not, they can be right back where they were in 2010. >> let's stick with this for now. >> one thing on this election night, you had a lower turnout -- the assumption was he would have a lower turnouts of blacks, latinos, women, people with disabilities. i left here last week and i thought he would have 286 electoral votes. i was low on that. there was a keen sense of peril going into this election. and what the consequences would be if the republicans won the white house. not anti-romney, necessarily, but given what they were standing for, this was not a matter of changeup office.
-- a change of office. you that people who had the perception they would be a real threat to people. that is the reason why i saw the turnout of people, young black males i had never seen -- >> in d.c. >> in d.c. >> in florida, where we think there was a voter suppression effort, the african-american vote went from 11% to 15%. >> mark? >> two point. not to tap dance on mitt romney's campaign, but what was the bold idea of the romney campaign that would survive his candidacy? barry goldwater energize the thousands of people. he gave his party and new direction. george mcgovern did that. but i just do not think there was. once you do not have a bold idea, the candidacy is in peril. >> governor romney survived
several primaries, tough debates to get the nomination. there is a lot of second- guessing. i know, he wrote about it today. >> he introduced to the nation this idea of a more strict constitutional conservatism. however, i do not think they ought to go around complaining about choice of candidates. they threw away senate seats that were absolutely slam-dunk republican in indiana and missouri, and the last cycle they throw away a slam dunk republican seats in maryland, colorado, and nevada. so, the left and the right of the party and all of its wings made -- made mistakes in choosing candidates. romney was not a great candidate. he came out of the open primary process. it was the only one in the field to was remotely
presidential and that is why he got the nomination. >> president obama to 71% of the hispanic vote. if you were taking a look at the republican party, would you not start with them, mark? >> i would. i would also start with the asian vote. republican party is increasingly an older, whiter, male party. the republican base is moving -- a larger percentage of voters under 29 turned out than those over 60. republican base is moving from its own home to the rest come to the funeral home. and the democratic base is moving from their room, maybe eventually to a home of their own. if they get a job of their own. that is the difference between the two parties. >> there was a statistic that was just incredible. if you look at the white vote from 10 years ago, it was 81%.
now it is down to 72%. we are headed to a very different country and the republican party thinks if they just repackage themselves -- even on immigration -- it will be ok. >> recently in the new york times, it was written that the white vote drops 2% every year. >> everyone talks about this and the impact on the romney campaign. the debate where romney moved to the right of rick perry on the question of immigration. that is not where it happened. he got off the train back in february when jan brewer endorse them. -- endorsed him. the architect of the law that says if you are white, you are all right. if you are brown, show me your papers. that resonated throughout the
country. back in february, with that endorsement. it was great for the republican primary. damaging in the general election. for the general election -- say goodbye to hispanics. there was a reaction from hispanics. and even marco rubio cannot correct the problem. they have a deeper problem. they have to deal with the george wallaces of the republican party. that is what jan bring or is to latinos. >> charles? >> and the demographics, the idea of republicans being white, i think, is wrong. it is true they have problems with african-americans, single women, and young people. those tend to be liberal. with hispanics that are
naturally more conservative, religious, a catholic, it requires a change in policy on immigration. it can be done in one stroke. once it is done, we will not be speaking about the demographic issue. we will be talking about ideological issues. >> all right. let's talk about the new congress. >> i would not have been able to do this without your unbelievable support. you, my friends, stood with me when others tried to buy this election. >> that is tammy duckworth. the new congress woman and from illinois fell eighth congressional district. she it lost -- she lost two legs in combat. she defeated joe walsh, the tea party favorite. women did very well. elizabeth warren, claire mccaskill, and so forth. >> 20 women in the senate now, and what is interesting is the republican number goes up from
five to four. the democratic number comes up to 16, which i think does reflect the larger problems in the constituency wired to the republicans. you see these women who are winning not because they are the daughter of or the widow of, not appointed. they are fighting their own political careers and it is rather remarkable. >> let me ask you a question. we will see where it goes. what happens if john kerry becomes secretary of state in massachusetts? scott brown? >> i think they have to consider that. scott brown lost. he is still a viable. the question is, who would the democrats put up if john kerry leaves? >> he ran in an impossible state. i think elizabeth warren is going to be one of the real stars of the new democratic
congress, and i can see her in national politics, at the presidential level, really soon. the other really interesting result, i thought, was that initiative in massachusetts -- it is not exactly a party issue. to have legal assisted suicide legalized in the most liberal state in the country, it failed. i think that is because doctors opposed it. >> nina. >> i want to go back to the question of the hispanic vote. i think it would go a long way if republicans did sign-ons to an immigration reform up law. it would not go all the way. the pugh center has shown that hispanics by and large are very hard workers that believe
government has helped them succeed. they do not oppose government in the sort of traditionally anti-government way of some of the west, for example. i think it will be harder than republicans think. >> once again, i want to remind everybody there is still a republican majority in the house. >> it is not personalities. it is not marco rubio. it is policy. the obama health care act extends to 9 million hispanics that would not have had that. and marco rubio cannot change that. you can have the governor of new mexico's stand next to you, but he cannot extend health insurance coverage to people. >> in the house democratic caucus, there are 61 women, 10 asian americans, of 43 african-
americans, 94 white males. 94 white male minority in the democratic caucus. which is more reflective of the country? >> alright, we have a look at ballot initiatives. >> this is a great day for quality in america. i am proud. >> voters in maine, maryland, washington gave the green light to gay marriage. minnesota rejected a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and woman. the legalization of pot. the world is changing, nina. >> it is. california, democrats were devastated -- proposition 8 in california, democrats were devastated. -- the gay community were decimated the bank they did research. they found what they had been
campaigning on, equality, was not what people talk about when they talked about marriage. people talk about marriage, love, commitment. they changed the message. they wanted what everyone else wanted and people understood that and they are beginning to succeed everywhere except the south. >> jerry brown got the tax hike in california. >> jerry brown did something for which he deserves credit. he was elected governor and he said i will not raise taxes unless i have the approval of the people of this date. -- all of this state. to rescue the state's of california public school system, he went and said we need a tax increase. we need a tax increase of billions. and they voted for it. i say hat's off to him and to californians for stepping up. >> legalizing marijuana nationwide? >> hats off also for the date marriage issue to joe biden who stepped up and said -- for the gay marriage issue it to joe biden who stepped up and said he was born at. -- supporting its.
he brought barack obama into the picture. at the national level,that set a tone for the president and the vice president of the united states to come out that way. and you have the opposition going the other way. >> it is generational. five years ago, i said i do not think you would have thought in 10 years it would be no longer an issue because it was generational. i think that was pessimistic. i think it really is no longer an issue. i think in 10 years, we will not even be speaking of it. speaking of all the other initiatives, i must say,it was a rough night for conservatives. we did lose the presidency. but we can still get high in denver. [laughter] >> and washington state. >> let's give a shout out to the state of maryland. voters in maryland passed the dream dream act. if you're qualified, you will have an in-state rate. good for maryland. >> last word.
or not, i have listened to you. i have learned from you. and you've made me a better president. gwen: a the thank yous were fervert. >> i'm really proud of all of you. it will go on in history. people will read about it it. and they'll marvel about it. >> as president obama claimed his second term. the election turned out to be a lesson in truth and consequences. what did the obama campaign do right and what did the romney campaign do wrong? >> and i ran for office because i'm concerned about americans. this election is over. but our principles endure. >> the voters have their say. leaving washington to search for a compromise even as a fiscal crisis looms. >> this is an opportunity for the president to lead. this is his.